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The installation of CodedColor follows the guidelines of Microsoft Windows.


CodedColor is installed on your hard drive by running the installation program.

There are three locations where files are written to by default:


1.The program files are usually stored in C:\Program Files\CodedColor (may be changed during installation)
2.The database and organization data is stored in the so called Workdirectory, default: C:\Documents & Settings\All Users\CodedColor (may be changed after installation)
3.The personal data such as screen preferences is stored in user directory: default C:\Documents & Settings\<user>\CodedColor


icon_tip Important


CodedColor never stores any data or thumbs into your image directories


CodedColor never changes images without your approval, without one exception: if the image allows for IPTC information and has R/W permission, then this might be automatically added from the database.


File associations can be set or restored in the Tools > Program Settings > Installation panel.


The Workdirectory can be moved in the Tools > Program Settings > Installation panel. Only change this if you are low on diskspace!


CodedColor stays active in the tray-icon after you close the application, ONLY in order to detect changes to your directory and image filenames, and to correct broken links in the database. This also has the positive effect, that a doubleclick on an image in the Windows Explorer will immediately show the image in fullscreen mode of CodedColor, with all zoom and editing options available.


CodedColor never spies on your system, and it does not transfer personal data without your approval.


CodedColor checks your installation from time to time (only if there is an online connection), in order to remind you of new versions.


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